8 Reasons to Live On Campus this Fall
1. It’s Convenient
Why worry about finding time to commute to school and finding parking every day? You’re already focused on your work and getting enough sleep. Plus, when you’re right on campus it’s easier to be part of clubs, sports and everything else that happens on campus. You can also easily walk to the many events and performances that Keene State offers. And, with great dining options close by, it’s easy to grab a tasty bite in between classes with friends.
2. There’s Less to Worry About
Don’t want to worry about the maintenance, bills and things you can’t plan for that often come with living in your own place? On campus, it’s all taken care of for you.
3. Safety Officers are Close
Your safety is always the top priority of the college. The Keene State College Campus Safety Department is close by, and our officers are dedicated to serving students.
4. More Flexibility If Changes Occur
As we continue to navigate the changing circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, being flexible and adaptable to changes is necessary. If you live on campus and a change occurs during the year when students need to move to fully remote learning, you have more flexibility financially with a mid-year change than with off-campus housing.
5. Easier Access to Academic Support
In and outside of the classroom, we’re here to help you enjoy your experience and succeed. This is true in our residence halls, too. When you’re surrounded by fellow students, you have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from each other, no matter how informally. Many of the people you live with may be taking the same classes, or have taken them before. Friends can be a tremendous academic resource and being able to visit a student next door to ask a question is valuable. And, when people come to you, explaining something you’ve mastered is rewarding as well as helpful to those who need it (and teaching things actually helps you understand them better).
6. Connect with New People, Make Lifelong Friends
Living on campus makes it easy to meeting new people, and events will be much more accessible when you are living right on campus. While college is about learning and expanding your horizons, it is also about making friends and having fun. Living on campus will definitely make both of these things happen for you.
Students say that the people you’ll have the opportunity to become closest with are often the people in your residence hall! Many find their best friends throughout the rest of college in their first-year residence hall. For everyone else, living on campus provides a tight knit community of people and can always help you expand your social circle.
Living with a diverse group of people also expands your social knowledge outside of the classroom. You have a chance to get to know students from all over the world and people with incredible and varied life experiences.
When you live in a residence hall, you will be able to really bond with your new friends, forming lasting friendships with people who can help you, be with you during the happy times, and be witness to all the firsts that college inevitably brings.
7. Save Money
There is a common misconception that living on campus costs more than living off campus. Consider this: When you live on campus, you save money on internet, gas and utility bills. You also can save money on furnishing an apartment. You can end up spending a lot less than you can if you live in an off-campus apartment.
8. Find Students with Similar Interests
Whether you love science, are dedicated to environmental sustainability, or are in the Honors program, you can choose from a variety of living/learning communities where you’ll live and learn with students who have your interests.
All of our on-campus students are supported by professional residential life and housing staff who have been trained to both assist students individually and to develop communities where safety, respect for others, and positive living/learning environments are the top priorities. Our office is dedicated to providing students with a safe, clean, comfortable residential community that cultivates civility and social responsibility while supporting the academic mission of the College (see Keene State College’s Mission & Values statement).
Being a residential college, Keene State emphasizes the educational value of living with people who may be different from one another. This includes a commitment to respecting diversity in others and being able to expect the same in return.
Without a doubt, living in a residence hall will provide you with the best opportunity to take advantage of the campus environment to its fullest extent. We’re sure you’ll find that with our many living options there’s something for everyone - especially since at no other time in your life will you have the chance to live with and learn from such a diverse group of your peers!